Mark-Anthony Turnage's new opera Anna Nicole opened at the Royal Opera House tonight with even more celebs in the seats than on the stage. Cameras and TV crews lurked in the foyer to catch the varied likes of Graham Norton, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Mike Leigh and Boy George as they entered. Is this what the ROH mean by attracting a new audience? I'd love to know how many people apart from me actually paid for their seats. Sadly, although the ROH scored the coup of luring John Paul Jones to play bass on stage, his Them Crooked Vultures colleagues Dave Grohl and Josh Homme were nowhere to be seen.
I'll write more about the opera - or is it a musical? - later, but here are some before, during and after photos to be going on with.
Eva-Maria Westbroek took the title role. Here she is (complete with fake bewbs) getting kitted out for one of her infamous parties:
It's Britain's Most Irritating Man, aka the Go Compare tenor Wynne Evans as the Mayor of Anna Nicole's home town, Mexia:
Production photos (above): Bill Cooper/Royal Opera House
Here are a few shots from the curtain call. There was a standing ovation at the back of the stalls, vigorous applause at the front. Not a boo to be heard:
John Paul Jones:
The ROH was plastered with Anna Nicole posters:
They even covered the cherub light holders: